Valorant Yoru

Riot reveals new Yoru rework and it could be OP

By Fariha Bhatti


Feb 8, 2022

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Riot Games has fulfilled its promise of making Yoru a master of deception. The first teaser of his rework shows that he’s cloned himself into a flash. 

Something strange happened to Yoru during his weak Dimensional Drift. The agent has come out with a clone of himself that baits enemies into flashing themselves. The new Yoru rework looks tremendous as it brings a unique blind to the game. 

Valorant’s most-anticipated hero, Yoru, was a bust upon release. His kit wasn’t at par with other Duelists, and even Initiator players refused to run him in ranked. Considering his poor pick rate, Riot Games started a visual and mechanical overhaul that has just been released.

It seems promising, and players may finally begin to value the Japanese stealth hero. 

What’s new in Yoru’s kit? 

Yoru’s Decoy ability is at the center of this brand new rework.

Yoru was equipped with fake footsteps meant to push enemies back, but it failed to have minimal impact in practice. Riot has now added a Yoru clone instead of footsteps, blooming into a blind when shot at. This could potentially be the most powerful ability in Valorant. 

Currently, there’s no flash in Valorant that requires enemies to pop it. Yoru’s new Decoy will leave the opponents with two options: hold their fire and push back or destroy the bait and get flashed. This is wildly overpowered, as holding fire could cost them the entire round.

With this ability, Yoru becomes the ideal Duelist-cum-Initiator in Valorant. 

How will Yoru’s ult work in Valorant?

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Yoru’s teleport and ultimate have also received some tweaks. After the overhaul, Yoru’s Dimensional Drift will become shorter but more impactful. He’ll be able to pop utility during his ult. Here are the other changes: 

  • Yoru is no longer revealed to enemies
  • Enemies can hear Yoru’s footsteps
  • Nearsighted is removed
  • Unequip delay time is increased slightly

The delays have been added to prevent players from running around the map with zero impact. The agent will have limited time to throw out his utility, create plays, drop teleports, and truly confuse the enemies once he’s out of the Dimensional Drift. 

His teleport has also received a change. A fake teleport now leaves a puddle, which is meant to create confusion about Yoru’s location. The rest of his kit remains the same. However, this rework should positively impact his pick rate in Valorant. It’s everything players have been asking for and more!